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Ice Cream Production in the UK: Market Research Report

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Ice Cream Production Market Research Report | SIC C10.520 | Jun 2017

Melting away: Although revenue has risen in recent years, profit is expected to decline

IBISWorld’s Ice Cream Production market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Froneri Ltd Froneri Ltd market share
Unilever plc Unilever plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Volatile input prices and variable weather have caused industry revenue and profit to fluctuate
  • Fluctuations in the prices of key inputs have significantly affected industry revenue and profit
  • The discovery of a new protein that slows the melting process could boost demand in the future
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Ice Cream Production industry includes the production of take-home ice cream, impulse ice cream, frozen yoghurt and sorbet. The impulse segment is most susceptible to changes in weather conditions, while the consumption of take-home products is more robust and continues to provide operators with the most room for sustainable growth. During the five years through 2017-18, growth in the frozen yoghurt segment has been prominent on the back of consumer trends towards healthy eating, though this segment remains relatively small. The industry's main downstream markets are generally retailers that sell directly to consumers, but some of the industry's products go to food-service operators such as restaurants, which use them as ingredients... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The Ice Cream Production industry has a medium level of capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that for every £1.00 spent on capital, operators spend £4.62 on wages, although this can vary substantially between firms. Large players tend to spend more on equipment because they have more capital and use more efficient processes. They may choose to invest in pasteurisers, homogenisers, pumps, continuous or batch freezers, fruit feeders and storage freezers. In contrast, smaller artisanal producers tend to use less machinery and more manual labour. Consequently, the influx of artisan producers in recent years has reduced the industry’s capital intensity.

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Additional Insights for the Ice Cream Production Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Ice Cream Production Industry are

  • Production of goods currently favoured by the market
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Average maximum temperature and Demand from supermarkets in the Ice Cream Production industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Ice Cream Production Industry?

    Companies in this industry manufacture ice cream and other edible ice products such as sorbet and gelato. The industry excludes the activities of ice cream parlours and other retail sale of ice cream products.

    Industry Products
    Take-home tubs Take-home multipacks Individual impulse productsScoop-and-serve ice creamFrozen yoghurtOther products
    Industry Activities
    Manufacturing ice creamManufacturing sorbetManufacturing gelatoManufacturing frozen yoghurtManufacturing sherbet

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Average maximum temperature
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Domestic price of milk
  • Health consciousness
  • Current Performance
  • Bright start
  • Market saturation
  • Consolidation activity
  • Cost volatility
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry innovation
  • Slow melt
  • Input prices
  • Regulation changes
  • Table: Ice Cream Production Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Ice Cream Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Dairy Product, Egg & Edible Oil Wholesaling
  • Supermarkets
  • Full-Service Restaurants
  • Food-Service Contractors
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chocolate & Confectionery Production
  • Dairy Cattle Raising
  • Sugar Production
  • Products & Services
  • Take-home tubs
  • Individual impulse products
  • Frozen yoghurt
  • Scoop-and-serve ice cream
  • Take-home multipacks
  • Other products
  • Chart: Ice Cream Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Supermarkets
  • Food-service and food manufacturing industries
  • Convenience stores and other retailers
  • Mobile operators and machine vending
  • Specialised ice cream retailers
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Ice Cream Production Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Ice Cream Production
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Ice Cream Production Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Froneri Ltd
    Unilever UK Limited
  • Table: Froneri Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Unilever UK Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Ice Cream Production Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Ice Cream Production Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • An Italian frozen dessert very similar to ice cream but with a lower butterfat content.
  • Overrun
  • The process by which air is added to ice cream during production to increase its volume.
  • Sorbet
  • A frozen dessert made from sweetened water with flavouring.

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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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